Affiliations: Biology, Economics
This project investigates the social and economic components that affect human health outside of clinical influences. By looking at healthcare systems of the developing and developed world (South Africa, France, Greece, England, Panama, and the United States.), I hope to shed light upon what economic factors lead to higher life expectancy. Due to the specificity of healthcare in relation to culture, medical practice, and financial capability, the major findings of this project indicate that human life expectancy is determined as much by the opportunities and conditions produced from a country’s economy as it is by quality medical care. Also, under the tutelage of Dr. George Bowen of Oxford University, another major point of emphasis of this research is that international health interventions have the most impact when conducted on a microeconomic, community-centric scale.